Though Shadow Cartel and friends did excellent work in Aeschee the other day killing super-caps, for my money, the kill of the week is this one they provided:
Back in the 1980s, the U.S. Department of Defense got into some hot water over their procurement processes. These processes, due to a combination of factors, allowed things like $640 toilet seats and $435 hammers to be purchased. I like to think the same kind of procurement process produced this Loki.
"Does that thing come with a coffee machine as well?" someone jokes about this fit. Pure utility ships are of course nothing new in EVE Online, but they have a name for such ships: Force Recons. A Rapier produced for the same kind of utility as this ship can have a cloak, probe launcher, and cyno. It can even be dual-propped if you really need such a thing. But it can also be useful to the fleet in a combat role by also bringing dual bonused webs. That's slightly more useful than the 39 DPS provided by this Loki.
And a Rapier costs one quarter as much.
Yes, I find it extremely ironic and fitting that three Rapiers were involved in killing this abomination. Again, there's nothing wrong with a utility ship along with your fleet. Strategic cruisers are so versatile they get used for everything from scouting to combat to gas-mining. But sooner or later, you have to pick one or two roles for your ship and stick with them. By spreading itself out so much, this utility ship actually provides little to no utility at all. That cyno is my favorite. What did this pilot expect: that a large fleet would stand around guarding his expensive useless cyno ship for ten minutes? Apparently. Or maybe not, because there's no Liquid Ozone in cargo to actually light it...
If you're going to fit a utility ship, make sure it's useful. That's what "utility" means. On the other hand, if you're going to fit an escape/evasion/exploration ninja-salvager, one kill-mail whoring module works just fine. Pick a role for your ship and fit for it.
So, just a public service announcement this week: don't go nuts procuring a $435 hammer when a $15 one hits nails just fine.